by Wayne Simmes:
It seems that for the past couple of days all the talk on the internet has been about President Trump calling President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on winning the election in Russia. Now we know and President Trump knows that Putin was the only real candidate, so there was no doubt who would win. However, I am sure that it is protocol for our President to call and offer congratulations regardless. Obama did the same thing the last time Putin won a rigged election.
But this time apparently some of Trump’s advisers told him not to call and that fact got leaked to the press. So every news media in the world is saying that Trump must be either stupid or stubborn because he ignored the advice that was given to him. And there are some reports that Trump is livid with the leakers. Of course, since almost nothing is ever kept secret in Washington I would think that he would be used to it by now.
So I have to ask you, do you always follow the advice given you by those that are in your intimate circle? It seems to me that from the dawn of time, advice has been and advice has been ignored. Perhaps the first case was “from every tree in the garden you may eat, but as for the tree of good and bad, you must not eat from it”. And they ate from it anyway.
Or perhaps we might look to Julius Caesar when he was told to beware the Ides of March. He ignored that advice as well.
I am sure that someone told Harry Truman that it might be a bad idea to drop two atomic bombs on Japan but he did it anyway.
Someone probably told President John Kennedy that riding in an open car in a parade in Dallas was not a good idea and look how that turned out.
I am reasonably sure that someone told President Richard Nixon that trying to cover up his associate’s crimes in bugging the DNC at the Watergate Hotel was a bad idea, and yet he was forced to resign because he ignored the advice.
More than likely someone tried to talk President Reagan out of exchanging arms for hostages but that advice went unheeded as well.
I imagine that Ted Kennedy was admonished not to drink and drive on more than one occasion but a young woman lost her life because he failed to follow that counsel.
I am sure that someone tried to tell President Bill Clinton, that coercing a young intern into giving him oral sex in the Oval Office was not the best idea in the world. And yet, he did it.
So judging from the above examples, President Trump calling another world leader to congratulate him on winning an election is a minor thing, in my opinion.
I can look back on my life and I am sure you can look back on yours and think of a dozen or so examples of being given advice that you failed to heed. Or perhaps you have led a more flawless life than I.